• Apr 1, 2011
Lamborghini Aventador rolling chassis – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 JEC Composite Show is currently taking place in Paris, and if we were there, our eyes would be treated to the naked beauty that is the Lamborghini Aventador's rolling chassis.

Lamborghini's Aventador LP700-4's chassis is a perfect fit for the JEC show, as it's constructed with a reinforced carbon fiber composite. The composite material was developed by Lamborghini, working in conjunction with engineers at Boeing. Composite materials are also used in the construction of the wheels, frame, seats and a handful of other Aventador parts. Follow the jump for the full press release.



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Automobili Lamborghini at the 2011 JEC Composite Show in Paris

Automobili Lamborghini's participation in the 2011 edition of the JEC Composite Show in Paris - one of the world's most important exhibitions of composite materials - is intended to emphasize the company's leadership in this highly specialized sector, not only in applying these materials in mass production (as shown by the new Aventador LP 700-4), but also in the investigation and development of new manufacturing technologies and the resulting product spin-offs.

The use of composite materials reinforced with carbon fiber is becoming increasingly widespread in the automotive sector, as revealed by a study by Lucintel that foresees a growth of 65% over the next 5 years. Many manufacturers are working on developing and applying these technologies so they can build lighter vehicles that make an important contribution to reducing fuel consumption and air pollution, through improvements that include increasing the strength of the vehicle's structures.

Automobili Lamborghini's extensive experience with using composite materials reinforced with carbon fiber in the super sports car sector is demonstrated by the Sesto Elemento concept car, where these materials have resulted in maximum stiffness with minimum weight. During the presentation of the vehicle at the exhibition, Luciano De Oto, the Chief of the Lamborghini Advanced Composite Research Center (ACRC), noted that the complete vehicle weighs only 999 Kg, as compared with the 1410 Kg of a Gallardo.

The widespread use of CFRP (various types of which were used to build the wheel rims, frame, bodywork with roof, seats, exhaust and suspension elements of the Sesto Elemento) has enabled structures of extreme technical sophistication and quality to be created, with consequent improvement of the power-to-weight ratio for greater driving pleasure, lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.

At its Advanced Composite Research Center (ACRC, a section of the Automobili Lamborghini Research & Development department directed by Maurizio Reggiani), the Sant'Agata Bolognese-based company is working on what technicians describe as "the new frontier" in materials reinforced with carbon fiber. The company already offers a host of applications for CFRPs, with particular focus on components that can be built without the need of an autoclave.

A prime example is forged composite, which adds new prerogatives to the more traditional processes in the autoclave. During his presentation at the JEC session devoted to the automotive sector, Mr. De Oto explained that the most significant development in this regard is a "hybrid" combination employing long, unidirectional carbon fiber. What's more, ACRC research and development activities aim at obtaining from forged composite, through its pairing with finishing materials during the molding process, components that meet Class A appearance specifications.

Because they are easy to manufacture and cost relatively little, these new types of finished elements are certain to extend applications of CFRP into other sectors such as the marine, furnishings, sporting equipment and leisure vehicles segments.

As a matter of fact, ACRC has already cooperated with third parties and supplied composite finished elements to companies belonging to a broad gamut of sectors.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take it as is! That looks like it would be an absolute BLAST to drive around a track!

      On a side note, bolt on a long-travel suspension, install a reinforced steel safety cage, slap on a cargo rack with driving lights on the roof, add a set of beefy, knobby tires and run that thing through Dakar!
      • 3 Years Ago
      So freaking cool! I would buy it just like that and have it sit in cart(car-art) gallery. haha
      • 3 Years Ago
      anybody seen this video from the vallelunga track?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XpovUYKakk&feature=player_embedded

      effin unsane!

      • 3 Years Ago
      The big question is how much lighter will this be than the steel framed murcielago, even the 670. Considering the CF tub and chassis components, it must be substantially lighter than the SV.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I believe the Aventador weighs roughly 1,575 kg compared to the Murcielago's weight of ~1,650 kg.
        Not as much weight saved and its almost the same as the LP 670-4 SV.
        The improved power should make up for it and the future will probably bring direct injection for a power boost and a now common reduction in weight.

        Overall its power to weight is a vast improvement over what the murcie was on day one and it can only get better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      DAMN I HAD TO ATTEND THE SHOW!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      amazing